Czech Republic and Montenegro cement their leadership in Pool B
2013 CEV Volleyball European League - Men
Barcelona, Spain, June 21, 2013. The Czech Republic and Montenegro continued imposing their authority in Pool B of the 2013 CEV Volleyball European League – Men after starting the second leg of competition with two victories. The Czech squad beat Hungary in straight sets (21-15, 22-20, and 21-15) and Montenegro overcame the illusion of the Spanish team, who could not celebrate its debut with a triumph (3:2; 21-17, 14-21, 22-20, 20-22, and 15-8).
The Czech Republic confirmed its condition of main contender for the leadership of pool B, beating Hungary in straight sets. The excellent blocking system (8 blocks in the game) of the Bohemian players and the spikes by Michal Finger paved the way to victory for the Czech side and only during the second set Hungary disturbed the dominance of its rivals. Nonetheless, the Czech Republic showed its power winning the disputed period and also the match in three sets. “My team worked very hard, especially in the second set”, pointed out the head coach of Czech Republic, Stewart Bernard; “I think that this was actually the key of the match: that we were able to recover from six points down in that period. The way that all the team helped in that situation was essential in our victory”, he added.
“The Czech team is more experienced than us; our team was not so fresh in its performance, with the exception of the second set”, said the head coach of Hungary, György Demeter; “In that second period, we were leading by six points but we finally were too easy on our rivals. The Czech Republic was simply better”.
In the second match of the day, Montenegro crashed the Spaniards’ dreams of victory at home ground with a tie-breaker triumph in a spectacular and disputed match. The spikes by Andres Villena for the local heroes were immediately responded by the powerful blocks and the attacks by Aleksandar Minic for the visiting side. Ultimately, the more experienced players from Montenegro were able to take the triumph to their side, as the nervous Spanish young men were unable to counter the rivals’ effectiveness at the net. The 15-8 gave the victory to Montenegro, a team that establishes its position in second place of the pool. “Spain played very good in defense, but I think that we have more experience in our side and that was the key”, said the head coach of Montenegro, Nikola Matijasevic; “also, in my opinion we were superior physically, as our players were taller and I think this situation worked in our favor. I am very satisfied with the performance of my players, either in the tournament of Hungary and today”, he added.
“It was a shame that we could not bring the victory home and to bring joy to such wonderful fans”, said Spanish player Marc Altayo, the only Catalonian member of the Spanish squad; “I hope that in the next days we can improve and use the support of the people that will come to the matches to fulfill our goals of victory”.
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